Grace Ruth Muenich (nee Schrum), granddaughter of Region pioneers, passed away peacefully in her
home with family at her side early September 13, 2020. She was 108 years old. Remaining true to her
German farmer roots, Grace always maintained that the secret to longevity was to live a life filled with
She is survived by her daughter Carol, grandchildren James (Julie) and Chrissy (Jordan), great grandson
James, numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews, and her caregiver and companion of over ten years
Margaret. She is preceded in death by parents Boye and Minnie, sister Alice, brothers Harold, Earnest,
August, and Donald, husband Ralph, and essentially everyone else from her generation.
Born March 16, 1912 in Calumet City IL (then West Hammond), Grace was the middle child of Boye “Joe”
and Minnie Schrum. She grew up on the state line surrounded by extended family who lived all around
the Calumet Pickle Factory. She enjoyed school and aspired to become a teacher. Sadly, in her senior
year of high school her father died, followed shortly by the crash of 1929. She was fortunate to find
secretarial work at OE Bolls and Company in Hammond where she worked until she married Ralph
Muenich, another grandchild of pioneers, after the war.
Grace and Ralph made their home in Hammond IN, in a house built originally for his grandmother, where
they stayed throughout their lives. They welcomed their only child Carol a few years later. The
consummate hausfrau, Grace relished her duties of preparing regular multi-course meals for extended
family throughout her life. She kept an impeccably clean household at home, and later did likewise for
her brothers, mother, and sister. Her grandchildren fondly recall structured, weekly grocery shopping
trips with specific lists and coupon bundles, for specific stores, on specific days. When not keeping a
perfect home, the family enjoyed travel, especially road trips in large, comfortable, Buicks.
Grace was a long-time member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Hammond, where she took on various
duties including altar guild, flower chairwoman, and general arm twister and volunteer for church
Services will be held Friday September 18, 2020 at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church 7227 Hohman
Avenue in Hammond. Visitation will begin at 9:00 AM with services at 10:30 AM. Interment at Ridgelawn Cemetery in Gary will follow.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church Hammond or Hospice of Calumet.
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Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church
7227 Hohman Avenue, Hammond IN 46324
Hospice of the Calumet Area
600 Superior Drive, Munster IN 46321